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. on september 12th, 1962, president kennedy delivered a speech on the u.s. space program arguing that america should be the leader in space exploration and the first to land a man on the moon. this 20-minute address took place at rice university in houston. >> mr. vice president, governor, congressman thomas, senator wily and congressman miller, mr. webb, mr. bell, scientists, distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen, i appreciate your president having immediate he m made me an honorary visiting professor and i assure you my first lecture will be very brief. i am delighted to be here and particularly delighted to be here on this occasion. we meet at a college noted for knowledge in a city noted for progress in a state noted for strength. and we stand in need of all three. we meet in an hour of change and challenge and a decade of hope and fear. in an age of both knowledge and ignorance. to greatest our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds. despite the striking fact that most of the scientists that the world has ever known are alive and working today, despite the fact th
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